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RJ Article Costello, Bob and Wachtel, Joshua and Wachtel, Ted. Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning
Restorative Circles in Schools is an in-depth guidebook on the use of the circle, an essential restorative practice for schools. The book includes a wealth of practical knowledge on circles, drawn from the experience of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, which has worked in a wide variety of settings worldwide. Stories from numerous educators illustrate the circle's use in diverse situations, including proactive circles for improving relationships and enhancing academics, responsive circles to solve problems and address conflict, and circles to address issues among faculty, staff, and administrators. (Excerpt)
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RJ Article Cunliffe, Emma and Cameron, Angela. Writing the Circle: Judicially Convened Sentencing Circles and the Textual Organization of Criminal Justice.
Trial court judges who work in remote northern Canadian Aboriginal communities use judicially convened sentencing circles to gather information and develop sentencing recommendations in some intimate violence cases. Proponents claim that judicially convened sentencing circles are a restorative justice practice that heals the offender, his community, and the survivor of the violence. Proponents also look to sentencing circles as a tool to fmd a just outcome that minimizes Aboriginal men's incarceration. We use a methodology developed by feminist sociologist Dorothy Smith to consider whether the institutional priorities being established and approved by courts in sentencing circle cases provide adequate protection for Aboriginal women against recurrent intimate violence in their communities. Finding that Aboriginal women's experiences of violence are largely excluded from the realm of institutional concern, we suggest that judicially convened sentencing circles present a deceptively simple solution to the complex and longstanding problem of Aboriginal people's experiences with the Canadian criminal justice system. It is therefore important to counter the discourses that claim that judicially convened sentencing circles have the potential to restore Aboriginal communities. This article counters that discourse in two ways: first, by identifying that Aboriginal women's experiences and knowledge are being excluded from the judicial construction of Aboriginal communities in these cases; and, second, by reasserting that any solution to the problem of intimate violence must be part of a broader effort to overcome poverty and the legacy of colonialism within Aboriginal communities. (author's abstract)
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Developing restorative justice circle intuition
from the entry by Kris Miner in Restorative Justice and Circles: The first step is to gain knowledge, the ‘how to’ of a Restorative Justice Circle. Then you develop experience, those experiences lend to your understanding and ability to predict what happens. Pour in some passion, some real care and authenticity to your work and you’ll develop an effective style of Circle Keeping. That blends to provide Circle intuition.
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Different types of restorative justice circles and a practitioner perspective
from the entry by Kris Miner on Restorative Justice and Circles: Just as there are 12 major markings on the face of a clock, I could list 12 different kinds of Circles. In four basic categories those Circles would be community building – peace building – repair building – and celebration. This also creates a full circle! A very brief explanation on these four categories, followed by a practitioner perspective. All these Circles use the 4 stages and phases I have written about on this blog. You use good Circlekeeping skills and techniques for each of these.
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RJ Article Dutil, Jean-L.. "Restorative Practices Seen by the Court"
Quebec, Canada, Dutil discusses a number of principles and practices in Aboriginal communities in Quebec – principles and practices blending Aboriginal patterns and Euro-Canadian criminal justice. Using examples from actual incidents of crime, he refers in particular to sentencing circles and their similarity to traditional Aboriginal responses to wrongdoing (those traditional responses being based on Aboriginal values and philosophy).
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RJ Article Ebbels, Kelly. Circle of Justice
Twenty years ago, elders and community leaders at Hollow Water teamed up with social services counsellors and launched what Hardisty describes as a comprehensive networking and healing system, called Community Holistic Circle Healing (CHCH). If a community member is accused of a crime, instead of being sent to a prison or detainment centre, another community member or an officer refers the victimizer to CHCH. Hollow Water has confronted sexual abuse, incest, and alcoholism not through retributive, punitive measures, but through these restorative-justice healing circles. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Editor. Interchange: How one volunteer has made a difference
Alice Lynch is executive director of a nonprofit in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that engages social issues affecting women and their families. She also participates in the Restorative Justice Advisory Council, a statewide advisory group to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. On these bases, she volunteered to bring restorative justice to her own neighborhoods in north Minneapolis. This article describes her work coordinating the other volunteers of the Northside Community Justice Committee as they employ the model of restorative circles in dealing with African-American juvenile offenders.
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RJ Article Editor. Justice as Healing: A Newsletter on Aboriginal Concepts of Justice - Sentencing Circle: A General Overview and Guidelines
The sentencing circle is a method of dealing with members of the community that have broken the law. A sentencing circle is conducted after the individual has been in the present western justice system and found guilty or if the accused has accepted guilt and is willing to assume their responsibility. This sentencing method encourages the offender and the community to accept responsibility and acknowledges the harm they have done to society and the victims. A sentencing circle’s aim is to shift the process of sentencing from punishment to rehabilitation and responsibility. It provides a new alternative for courts to incarceration. The sentencing circle provides an opportunity to start a healing process for both the offender and the victim. The offender is presented with the impact of their actions in front of respected community members, elders, peers, family, the victim and their family, stimulating an opportunity for real change. (excerpt)
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Effective, even alone: Co-keep a restorative justice circle
from the post by Kirs Miner in Restorative Justice and Circles: ....Even if you are the only one assigned to be ‘keeping’ the Circle, know that your Circle will be more effective, if you view every person in the Circle as your co-keeper. I say things like “everyone is both teacher and student”. We honor the equal worth of every person, by having that respect and showing it to each person. That plays out into Circles where each person feels and experiences personal growth.
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FACE circles: A well rounded opportunity in Canada
from the article by Sharon Weatherall in the Free Press: In North Simcoe people can find resolution out of court through the Forum of Accountability in a Circle Experience (FACE) -a Huronia Restorative Justice Project since 1998. The Midland program was part a worldwide revival of the native traditional way of dealing with offensive behavior -and it works. A community circle is an alternative to traditional court proceedings where offending conduct is resolved by having the offender, the victim and supporters of each sit together in a circle to opening discuss an incident and work to reach a consensus on how to resolve the harm done.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB